City of Torrington takes over DSI Recycling Center

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

 

Press Release

The City of Torrington has taken over the DSI Recycling Center

Asking for the Public’s Help.

Torrington, WY. November 17, 2017:  In January of 2017, the City of Torrington took ownership of the DSI Recycling Center. The center is now fully funded as part of the City’s Sanitation Department under the supervision of Ed Hawley.

Most of the DSI programs are funded by the State of Wyoming. DSI had previously owned and operated the recycling service as a way to provide paying jobs for their clients. DSI also provided job coaches to oversee the clients while they were at work. In 2016 the State of Wyoming rearranged its funding and rules for DSI making it so that DSI could no longer own and operate the recycling center. DSI approached the City to see if they were interested in taking over the operation of the center and continue to hire DSI clients for paying jobs.

The City felt strong about the recycling as it is a critical service, not only to our residents but to the jobs that would be lost to DSI clients and coaches. The City Landfill benefits as well. Anything that is sent to a recycler and not put in the landfill only extends its life.

In January of 2017, the City began operating the center. The City hired Perry Baird as a full-time director to manage the day-to-day operations of the center and has contracted with DSI for their clients and job coaches to continue to work at the center.

After operating the center for nearly a year, it has become very clear that the center is receiving many items that it cannot process. Staff is spending a significant amount of time sorting these items out. All of the sorting is done by hand, so the City is asking for the public’s help in controlling what is left at the center and at drop off bins. If the amount of material that is left at the center that cannot be processed is reduced, the center can become more efficient and hopefully start receiving more recyclable items.

On the bottom of most all plastic recyclable containers is a triangle with a number in it of 1-7. The City can only take #1 & #2 plastics at this time. They mostly consist of:

 Water bottles, plastic milk, kitchen, laundry and bath containers.

 The City accepts most all paper and cardboard that is flattened. Do not put shredded paper in with the non-shredded paper as it plugs up the baler. Please leave it in bags on the dock.

Other items accepted are aluminum cans and steel food cans.

Items that cannot be accepted are:

Food and beverage cartons like milk and juice cartons, kid’s small juice cartons. (The kind of boxes   that are wax coated on the inside).

Glass or heavy metal

Grocery bags or any food items

Clothing

Plastic power cords

CPAP hoses 

And just plain garbage. Yes people leave their garbage in the bins.

Please help the City produce more recyclable material by not leaving these items at designated drop off locations. This would go a long way in helping the City’s clients and staff in the amount of time that is spent sorting, which again all is done by hand. 

For more information on the recycling center please call (307) 532-8525 M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. or e-mail pbaird@torringtonwy.gov.  

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